Historical Research on Campus and in Worcester
At Clark University, students in history have access to several library collections, including:
- Goddard Library, including the Archives and Special Collections
- The Rose Library in Cohen-Lasry House, containing approximately 3,500 books and materials on the Holocaust, many dating from 1933 to 1947.
In addition, Worcester has a wealth of resources for historical research, starting with the American Antiquarian Society, a nationally renowned research center for research in early American history.
An independent research library founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society collections document the lives of people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.
Every year, Clark’s History Department offers a seminar course at the society.
Additional resources in Worcester include:
Beyond Worcester, there are numerous resources in Massachusetts and nearby in Connecticut. Browse the resources below.
- Old Sturbridge Village, a recreation of a rural New England village of the 1830s
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- Hancock Shaker Village, which preserves the legacy of the Shakers in Hancock, Mass.
- Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline
- Lowell National Historical Park, which tells the story of the early textile industry in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Historical Society
- Mystic Seaport, a recreated 19th century seafaring village and research center in Connecticut
- Peabody-Essex Museum, a major resource for maritime history and art, New England life and culture, American decorative arts, Asian art and culture, Native American history and art, the art and culture of Oceania, natural history and genealogy (in Salem, Massachusetts)
- Plimoth Plantation, a recreation of the 1627 Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth